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Female jockey Able says racing lockdown weighs heavily on finances

For many, thoroughbred racing at Caymanas Park is mereley for the purpose of entertainment or just a way of spending a Saturday afternoon, but for female apprentice Abigail Able it is life. Read More

Grooms boss White thinks scrapping of Diamond Mile a big blow to local racing
Fabian “Tallyman” White, president of the Grooms' Association of Jamaica, says while he is waiting with anticipation for the return of competitive racing at Caymanas Park, he is very disappointed that the Diamond Mile has been dropped from the racing calendar.... Read More

Not to his 'liking'
Lee Liking, who has been grooming horses at Caymanas Park for 42 years, says that he is still struggling to make ends meet during the coronavirus shutdown of the local racing industry.... Read More

Rough ride
President of the Jamaica Jockeys' Guild, Shane Ellis says while members of his association are grateful for the financial aid given to them by racehorse owners, their main desire is for a speedy return of competitive racing at Caymanas Park.... Read More

Facing cash crunch, SVREL chairman says operation restrictions will stay for now

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter ruddya@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, May, 8 2020    

Chairman of Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment (SVREL), Solomon Sharpe says with his company facing a cash burn it would be a difficult task to remove the operation restrictions of the main racetrack at Caymanas Park. Read More

Grooms appeal for Gov't help

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter ruddya@jamaicobserver.com | Monday, May, 4 2020    

The association representing grooms in the horse racing industry is calling on the Government for help after Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited (SVREL) last week announced a scaling down of operations at Caymanas Park due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)... Read More

Local racing continues forced downsizing of operations

Sunday, May, 3 2020    

Caymanas Park continues to feel the pinch from the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown as Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment (SVREL), the sole promotor of racing in Jamaica, announced on Friday that they will be scaling down operations within the industry. Read More

When the shoe fits

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter ruddya@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, May, 3 2020    

Even during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown of operations at Caymanas Park, farrier Marvin Terrell says the shoeing of the athlete still remains one of the most critical activities in the industry. Read More

Cal's to the rescue Horse racing sponsor gives helping hand to struggling grooms

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter ruddya@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, April, 29 2020    

Grooms, among the hardest-working subset in horse racing, have something to smile about during the COVID-19 lockdown of the industry. Read More

Racehorse owner Harris ponders quitting game

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter ruddy.allen@gmail.com | Sunday, April, 26 2020    

Oneil Harris, who has owned horses for eight years at Caymanas Park, says that with the indefinite shutdown of operations at Caymanas Park racehorse owners are feeling the pinch. Read More

Hand to mouth

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter ruddya@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, April, 25 2020    

Veteran jockey Trevor Johnson says that since the indefinite lockdown of racing at Caymanas Park on March 22 due to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), it has been a day to day struggle for him financially. “To be honest, it is very hard. It is very... Read More

Louisville adjusts to new date, season for Kentucky Derby

Monday, April, 20 2020    

LOUISVILLE, USA (AP) — Postponing the Kentucky Derby was jarring enough for a city that draws much of its identity from hosting horse racing's marquee event.Cancelling it, well, that's unthinkable in the Bluegrass State. Read More

It is challenging for us jockeys — Ian 'Dolly Baby' Spence

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer | Tuesday, April, 7 2020    

Exhausting hours, the constant watching of weight, and risks of being injured are the regular realities of life as a jockey anywhere in the world. Read More

The gripe is on

Tuesday, April, 7 2020    

The professional groups in racing are feeling the pressuring effects of the indefinite lockdown of competitive racing at Caymanas Park. Racing has been on lockdown since March 22 due to the spread of COVID-19 in Jamaica. Read More

Remembering Venice

BY GLEN MOHAMMED | Tuesday, April, 7 2020    

Editor's Note – The following article was first published in the Trinidad Guardian.  “It has a nice bounce.” Read More



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